NONCHEMICAL EXPLOSIVE INTERACTION OF LNG AND WATER

When LNG contacts water, an explosive incident may occur due to extremely rapid production of LNG vapor as heat is transferred from the surrounding water. Pertinent literature is summarized on similar reported explosions when hot molten materials contact cool liquids. The explosive phenomenon is discussed in terms of two subphenomena: heat transfer and fragmentation. Fragmentation is concerned with the breakup of a liquid into numerous small particles to provide the necessary heat transfer surface area. Fragmentation of the LNG is believed to be the triggering mechanism for explosive vapor formation. Recent results of fragmentation research are presented.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Presented at the ASME Winter Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., November 28-December 2, 1971.
  • Corporate Authors:

    American Society of Mechanical Engineers

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    New York, NY  USA  10016-5990
  • Authors:
    • Witte, L C
    • Cox, J E
  • Publication Date: 1971-12

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 8 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00046143
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Report/Paper Numbers: #71-WA/HT-31
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 18 1973 12:00AM